What Is the Socratic Method? Definition & Examples


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Jamison likes to use the Socratic Method approach with his students. Which of the following formats would you most expect Jamison to use?

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1. The Socratic method is primarily aimed at which of the following goals?

2. How might you MOST ACCURATELY describe the origins of the Socratic method which still influences teaching today?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Trends in education come and go, but some methods stand the test of time. Teachers have chosen to use questions and discussions to deepen student understanding of topics since ancient times. Answer the practice questions in this quiz and worksheet to learn more, and recall information about the Socratic method.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on:

  • Characteristics of the Socratic method
  • Purpose of the Socratic method
  • Historical information about the Socratic method
  • Preferred format of the Socratic method in teaching

Skills Practiced

The practice quiz gives you the opportunity to use these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most significant information from the related educational philosophy lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge gained about the purpose and benefits of Socratic questioning
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Socratic method in conversation

Additional Learning

For more details about the Socratic method, review the accompanying lesson, What is the Socratic Method? Definition & Examples. The objectives addressed include:

  • Differentiate between the Socratic method and lecture style instruction
  • Define Socratic method
  • Understand the history behind this method of educating students
  • Know common misconceptions about Socratic questioning
  • Analyze examples of Socratic questioning in theoretical scenarios